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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
As many of you know, one of the things I’ve been advocating is correcting misunderstandings about one’s self-identified groupings. If one does not do so, the misunderstanding gains a life of its own and people will start to believe that all Muslims are terrorists, all gays are idiots, etc.
Usually, this happens when a subgroup hijacks the agenda. But it can also happen when old media deliberately starts a smear campaign against your group.
In the recent case of this David fella’s alleged suicide, in every article reported in the Straits Times, it is certain to be mentioned that David is “an avid gamer” or “a World of Warcraft player”. I’ve seen a screenshot of the players of Destiny paying a virtual tribute to David, but none from WOW. I doubt that anyone would have the time to play two MMPOGs with any sort of regularity. What I mean to say is, in spite of a handful of articles saying so, I really don’t think he plays WOW.
This can be written off as the shoddy reporting one would expect from the Straits Times, whose approach to “truth” is “whatever we printed last time”. What irks me is that the constant reference is to his gaming.
At first, I had ignored it as a “human interest” point; such as how, in an article about a celebrity, one would read that he’s an “avid Panda collector” or “is fond of cuttlefish”. But to state so in every article?
Next, I hear that the ST ran an article connecting violence with video games, and that another scholar-suicide – some guy from the Army – was reported by the ST to have played “war games online”. Since I want to self-regulate to the government-mandated standard of journalistic integrity, I didn’t bother verifying the existence of either article, rather than inadvertently overshoot the mark.
When one reads a statement such as “MP Dr Teo Hoping, an avid reader of the Straits Times, again displayed a wanton disregard for the feelings of his constituents”, need I say that a connection is created in one’s mind that A is a cause of B?
We, the people, have to take action. I call for a People’s Action Party!
Firstly, be sure to mention that everywhen a Singaporean does something bad or stupid, that they read the Straits Times. Example: Dawn Yang, allegedly an avid reader of the Straits Times, is commonly known to have plagiarised a majority of her blog postings.
Secondly, as gamers, we have to contradict any negative impressions that the public may have of us. Outreach.
Let me briefly start by saying that, as a gamer, I do not –
♠ Cut myself
Gamers, when compared with non-gamers of a similar lifestyle –
♠ Have better hand-eye coordination
(I had a thirdly, but I seem to have forgotten it. I left this post to sit for a few days, and I still can’t remember. Make do lah.)
Be eternally vigilant against Straits Times Induced Retardation.
It is already too late for the journalists, but it is not too late for you.
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